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review 2016-03-23 13:02
The City's Son - Tom Pollock

You may be tired of magical London stories, but don't let that keep you from reading this one.  It's worth it.

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text 2015-10-31 17:35
Books read (or not!) in October
Atlanta Burns (Atlanta Burns series) - Chuck Wendig
Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
Ancillary Sword - Ann Leckie
Ancillary Mercy - Ann Leckie
Bitch Planet Volume 1 - Kelly Sue DeConnick,Robert Wilson IV,Valentine De Landro
The Copper Promise - Jen Williams
The Tropic of Serpents - Marie Brennan
The City's Son - Tom Pollock
The Traitor - Seth Dickinson
Honor's Knight - Rachel Bach

Books started:12 (including the 2 I'm currently reading)

Books finished: 10

Books not finished: 2

 

Genre breakdown: All SFF, all the time! Not even pretending to read anything else this month, no sirree.  

 

What progress made on Mount TBR? Probably not helped by my choosing to re-read Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword in preparation for the final book in that trilogy coming out. And then I added a few more books because the ebooks were reduced in price and some new stuff that's due out next year, so that didn't help either. All in all, I think I added more books this month than I read new.

 

Book of the month:  It feels a little unfair to choose the entire Imperial Radch trilogy (though Ancillary Mercy was just as good as the first two) but they really were the best things I read in October, so I will.

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review 2015-10-29 00:00
The Glass Republic
The Glass Republic - Tom Pollock Didn't quite catch me like the first book but interesting bridge novel as the consequences from the last story start catching up with the characters in this. Interested to know what happens next to Pen and Beth. Pen has to deal with her scars in this world and when her mirror self goes missing in the mirror world she trades to go there to investigate and finds that her scars makes her beautiful in this world.

Interesting and look forward to the next.
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review 2015-10-22 14:54
The City's Son - Tom Pollock
The City's Son - Tom Pollock

I have to admit, I bumped this book up my TBR list because I discovered my local library branch has the second and third books of the trilogy, which meant if I liked this one then I could finish the whole thing off quite easily and quickly. Alas, I don't think I will be carrying on with this series - it wasn't bad but it also wasn't quite my thing.

 

The City's Son is about Beth, who is a teenage girl living in London with her father - after the death of her mother, her father has retreated into himself and left Beth to pretty much fend for herself. She only has one friend and they entertain themselves out of school hours by tagging places with graffiti. This one relationship on which Beth is relying falls apart when they graffiti their own school with a caricature of one of the teachers and Beth's friend turns her in (for reasons which we know, but which Beth doesn't). As a result, Beth effectively goes on the run and meets an odd young man called Filius Viae, who is waging a battle against the forces that threaten to overwhelm the city.

 

I struggled with this book for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the choice by the author of first person for Filius (and at least one other character, whose point of view we also get later on) and third person for Beth. Even after a couple of chapters of this, I was finding this affected my engagement with the story and I couldn't really see why this had been done. Secondly, I found some of the writing unnecessarily florid, to the point where it felt at times like the author was sacrificing clarity over what was actually happening for the sake of descriptive prose which again didn't really work for me.

 

That's just how it goes, sometimes... Anyway, the series continues with The Glass Republic but I won't be carrying on with it.

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text 2015-10-18 00:40
Reading progress update: I've read 65 out of 464 pages.
The City's Son - Tom Pollock

Don't know how long I'm going to last with this, as the author has made the stylistic choice to have the main character's points of view be respectively told in first and third person. Only a few chapters in and I am already getting annoyed with it - the overall plot idea is interesting enough but this might be too much for me to overcome!

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